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QAnon Supporter Who Called Antifa ‘Terrorists’ Appears to be Heading to Congress

That makes 20 known QAnon supporters on the ballot in November.
August 12, 2020, 12:29pm
John Bailey/Rome News-Tribune via AP, File
John Bailey/Rome News-Tribune via AP, File

Another QAnon supporter appears to be headed for Congress. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has a history of making racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic comments and believes QAnon is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out,” won her primary on Tuesday.

Greene, a self-funded businesswoman, had placed first in the Republican primary on June 9 with 40% of the vote in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District but won the run-off against her rival John Cowan.

Greene won the nomination in the staunchly Republican district, making her the overwhelming favorite to beat her Democratic rival Kevin Van Ausdal in November, and become the first known QAnon supporter in Congress.

Greene has repeatedly posted on social media about her support for the QAnon conspiracy theory and is among a growing number of right-wing politicians who are avowed followers of Q.  

The QAnon conspiracy theory, which has been labeled a potential domestic extremist threat by the FBI, claims there is a deep state plot against President Donald Trump and that a global group of “elites” is running an underground pedophile ring — among other wild claims. 

QAnon’s prominence has risen dramatically in recent months, and an internal Facebook report shows that groups supporting the theory have attracted millions of followers on the platform.

But Greene has been following the cult for years.

In 2018, she posted on Facebook about an “awesome post by Q.” She has posted the QAnon slogan on Facebook and on Twitter, the latter in response to a tweet defending the legitimacy of “Q” where she also wrote, “Trust the plan” — another catchphrase QAnon supporters use.

She also has tweeted the QAnon-connected hashtag “#GreatAwakening” to far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. She has appeared in a video where she discussed following QAnon, calling “Q” a “patriot” who is “worth listening to.” According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Greene “has posted a series of tweets defending QAnon, including one" — now deleted — "encouraging her followers to message her with questions so she can ‘walk you through the whole thing.”

Greene’s victory means that at least 20 QAnon-connected congressional candidates have already secured a spot on the ballot in November. 

However, Minnesota's Danielle Stella, one of the first known QAnon-supporting congressional candidates nationally, lost her primary on Tuesday.

While many of those on the ballot in November have no chance of winning, Greene is in pole position to win her seat, given that her predecessor Rep. Tom Graves — who did not seek re-election this time — won with more than 76% of the vote in 2018.

Her support of QAnon is not the only controversial thing about Greene.  Following her victory in June, Politico uncovered hours of racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic videos that she’d uploaded to Facebook. She also had an ad removed from the social network during the campaign after she appeared in a video, holding a semi-automatic rifle while she delivers a message to “ANTIFA terrorists”: “Stay the hell out of Northwest Georgia.”

Cover: In this March 3, 2020, file photo, Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks to a GOP women's group in Rome, Ga. Greene, criticized for promoting racist videos and adamantly supporting the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, has won the GOP nomination for northwest Georgia's 14th Congressional District. (John Bailey/Rome News-Tribune via AP, File)